Written examination

The written exam is generally the first stage of the assessment process to gain BSE accreditation. Written exams are delivered in partnership with Pearson VUE. Candidates can sit their exam at local centres across the UK, Republic of Ireland and in South Africa.

Upcoming exams

Autumn 2020: TTE, ACCE, TOE and Stress Echo is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 14 October 2020, 11.00 am - 1.30 pm at various Pearson VUE centres in the UK, Republic of Ireland and South Africa. Candidates must be paid BSE members and are required to complete pre-registration before booking a place on this exam. Pre-registrations closed on Monday 13 July.

Spring 2021: TTE & ACCE coming soon. Pre-registration due to open in November/December.

Autumn 2021: TTE, ACCE, TOE & Stress Echo coming soon.

Pre-registration for autumn 2020 opened Wednesday 10 June and closed on Monday 13 July 

  • All pre-registered candidates are expected to keep BSE membership payments up to date.
  • Any special requirements must be applied for in writing and approved by the BSE Chair of Accreditation. Find out more about test accommodations. 
  • Once pre-registration is complete we will transfer your information to Pearson VUE to confirm your eligibility to sit the exam.
  • Cancellations: must be made via Pearson Vue before the exam date, click here for more information.

Examination fees 

The examination fee is £250, which covers the written exam, online logbook portal and practical assessment. The fee will be paid through Pearson Vue during the booking time-frame (usually 2-3 months before the exam).

The resit fee is £125. Resits must be taken within 12 months of the first sitting.

What to expect in the written exam

You can find full details of the assessment process, including more information on the theory and imaging sections of the written exam, in the relevant accreditation pack.

Each candidate will have their own monitor and will be able to replay videos during the examination. Full instructions will be provided on the day of the exam. 

Find out more about what to expect in a Pearson VUE test centre.

Examination results

Results will be released 4-6 weeks after the exam. Results are uploaded to member profiles.